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Unformatted text preview: EATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES AND FOOD POLICY March 3, 2010 Hare and Arguments for Conscientious Omnivory Plan for Today: Admin stuff Hare on Demi- Vegetarianism Admin Stuff: Poster presentations start today Utilitarianism extra credit due Friday 3/4. Admin Stuff: Public Lecture & Extra Credit Global Poverty: Why Should We Care and What Should We Do About It Tonight, March 2. 8pm-9:30pm Cook Campus Center, Multipurpose room (59 Biel Rd) Admin Stuff: Public Lecture & Extra Credit Available extra credit: Go to the lecture, extract an argument from Temkin or Ord, say what it is, say whether you think it succeeds and why/why not (in a page or two). Due this Friday, March 4. Micro-Quiz In the reading for today, R.M Hare describes himself as a demi-vegetarian, and defends demi- vegetarianism as a policy for making individual food choices. What is demi-vegetarianism - what kinds of food choices does one have to make in order to be a demi-vegetarian? A) Demi-vegetarians eat no animal products of any kind. B) Demi-vegetarians eat limited amounts of meat, and theyre careful about where it comes from. C) Demi-vegetarians eat only speciFc kinds of meat, but they eat as much of it as possible. D) Demi-vegetarians eat nothing but meat and (other) animal products. Four Positions on Animal Products Eat-everything-ism Vegetarianism Veganism Conscientious Omnivory Four Positions on Animal Products Eat-everything-ism: No restrictions. Its okay to eat whatever. Typical americans wont eat dogs, or kittens, dolphins, or chimpanzees, or other people. Four Positions on Animal Products Eat-everything-ism: No restrictions. Its okay to eat whatever. (Note that almost nobody really subscribes to the the extreme version of this.) Typical americans wont eat dogs, or kittens, dolphins, or chimpanzees, or other people. Four Positions on Animal Products Vegetarianism: No meat. Pretty much anything else is okay. Four Positions on Animal Products Veganism: No animal products at all. (No meat, no eggs, no dairy...) Four Positions on Animal Products Conscientious Omnivory: Only animal products that satisfy certain criteria. (e.g., criteria about treatment of animals) Can understand CO and Veganism both as responses to standard arguments for vegetarianism - one says too ambitious, the other says not ambitious enough. The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism 1) Its wrong to cause pain without a good enough reason. 2) Eating animals causes pain without a good enough reason._______ 3) Its wrong to eat animals. Recall Rachels basic argument for vegetarianism. Two objections: A) The premise about harm-causing is too strong. Not all farming practices cause (too much) suffering....
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